It’s a golden era for archers as DC Comics’ emerald bowman takes to the small screen in his own TV series on the CE. Hoping to fill the void left by Smallville, the hero made popular on that series should attract a healthy following.
Created in the 1940’s, Green Arrow was originally a playboy with a bow and arrow motif that rivaled Batman’s bat obsession. The two characters were incredibly similar in many ways leading to a few changes that gave him his own identity. The hero grew to popularity after he was re-introduced and re-invented in the pages of the Brave and the Bold. His fortune was lost, his face had gained a beard and he also obtained a string political/social view of the world that leaned decidedly to the left.
One of DC Comics’ second-tier heroes, he is a cult favorite with readers who are attracted to his devil-may-care attitude and arsenal of trick arrows. A devout left-winger with an attitude, the Green Arrow has represented ‘the man on the street’ to off-set the mythical imagery of his fellow members of the Justice League of America.
The new TV series will bring some changes to the character as well as nods to the comic book legacy such as Black Canary.
Amid a flurry of pilot pickups, The CW has given a series order to “Arrow,” the hour-long drama based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow.
Created by “Green Lantern” screenwriters Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim and “Fringe: co-executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, the series centers on Oliver Queen, a wealthy young bad boy who, after spending five years shipwrecked on an island, returns to Starling City — changed from Star City — with a mastery of the bow and a determination to make a difference. Here’s the official description:
After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.
The series stars Stephen Amell (“Hung,” “The Vampire Diaries”) as Oliver Queen, Colin Donnell as Tommy Merlyn,Katie Cassidy (“Supernatural,” “Melrose Place’) as Laurel Lance, David Ramsey (“Dexter, “Blue Bloods”) as John Diggle, Willa Holland (“The O.C.”) as Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Kings”) as Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne (“The Dresden Files,” “24”) as Detective Quentin Lance.
The pilot was directed by David Nutter (“Game of Thrones,” “The Pacific”) from a teleplay by Kreisberg and Guggenheim and a story by Berlanti and Guggenheim.
So will you be watching?